Have you noticed that your lawn mower’s engine often outlasts the body of that lawnmower? Here are some ways to reuse that lawnmower engine which has been lying unused in your garage.
Build a Generator from Your Lawn Mower Engine
You can build a small generator from your old lawn mower engine. Such a generator can be useful in providing power for your small power tools and electrical appliances. It is advisable to mount a vehicle alternator to the lawnmower engine because the alternator has an inbuilt mechanism to regulate the power coming out of your makeshift generator. Use the power you generate for your appliances that require 12 volts of power.
Make Your Own Air Compressor Using a Lawn Mower Engine
You may have been disappointed on several occasions when your portable air compressor could not provide sufficient compressed air for your DIY projects. However, investing in a new air compressor may not be in the budget. Why not use your old lawn mower engine to make your own air compression system? You will need a number of extra components, such as a sleeve valve. The outcome of your repurposing efforts will leave you wondering why you allowed yourself to be disappointed with your small air compressor for so long!
Motorize Your Bicycle Using a Lawn Mower Engine
A bicycle is constructed from lightweight materials that can be propelled by the energy from a lawn mower engine. However, the added weight of the lawn mower engine may make it hard for your bicycle to balance. One simple way out of this fix is by adding a training wheel on each side of the rear wheel of your bike. Test the functionality of the brakes and how well you can turn the bike before you start riding down a public road.
Power Your Boat Using a Lawn Mower Engine
You can power a fairly small boat using an old lawn mower engine. However, you will need to do some extra work in order to keep your makeshift boat engine safe from the water. This repurposed lawn mower engine will propel the boat from one point to another, but don’t expect the boat to make your toes curl with its speed.
Power Your MAGNATRAC RS196K Mini-Dozer
Avid DIY enthusiasts may be aware that there are mini bulldozers, such as the MAGNATRAC RS196K, which can be bought as a DIY kit and assembled by the buyer. You can order it with or with out an engine. Why spend on an engine when you have an old lawnmower engine in a perfect condition. Follow the instructions included in your kit and install the engine so that your bulldozer can start hauling logs, shoveling snow or doing any other tasks around your property.
There, you now have some excellent ideas to consider if you want to put those old lawn mower engines to good use. Use the ideas suggested as inspiration to find other uses for your old lawn mower engine in case none of the suggestions above will be of immediate use to you.